Bad Karma or Good Justice

In the aftermath of O.J. Simpson's arrest for allegedly leading an armed holdup in Las Vegas, the following people in pop culture attributed all this to "karma."  Kim Goldman (sister of Ronald Goldman, whose murder Simpson was acquitted of in 1995) said, "I do feel a little bit of elation.  Maybe karma tapped him on the shoulder."

Bill O' Reilly, said this about Simpson's arrest: " ... many felt karma had kicked in and maybe Simpson would finally get some kind of formal punishment."

On's reader comment board, one guest posted, "I don't care what it takes to put OJ away, karma is coming his way."

So what's up with Karma?  What is it and why do people talk about it so much?  Webster defines the word karma as a "force generated by a person's actions held in Hinduism and Buddhism to perpetuate transmigration and in its ethical consequences to determine the nature of the person's next existence."  Or, to put it more simply, what goes around comes around.

Can we attribute O.J.'s arrest to some force that finally caught up with him?  Did Karma come calling or was it something else or someone else that stopped him?

As Christians we affirm that God is King over the universe.  He is the King, and He is the Judge.  Though our postmodern culture plays it off as some mystical force, God is the One who governs all things and will, in his time, bring everyone to justice.  Not everyone will be brought to justice on this earth, but all will be brought to justice in the end.  The following verse (Heb. 4:13) is perhaps the most frightening verse of all when it comes to God's justice:

No creature is hidden from His sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.   

According to the Bible, God sees everything and everyone.  He not only sees our actions, he sees the thoughts and intentions of our hearts.  One day we will be judged.  It will not be a judgment graded on the curve.  God will not look at your life and compare it to O.J.'s.  He will judge you on the basis of His holy and perfect righteousness that none of us can have or attain to on our own.  So what must we do?

We cannot expect to escape the judgment of God.  God is patient and desires that all would come to Him and repent of their sins and believe in Christ.  But His patience is not to be toyed around with.  O.J. found that out--at least we hope He did.  The Scriptures tell us that today is the day to be made right with God.  Today is the time for you to turn from your sins and turn to Christ.  Today is the day to admit you have failed and look to Jesus and what He has done to die on your behalf so that you could live.

God's judgment is coming--that is certain.  My hope is that you and I would find our soul's rest in the One who took the punishment and judgment for us instead of being judged eternally for it in hell.  It is true.  God's justice stopped O.J. in his tracks, but it is equally His mercy that stopped him and now beckons him (and us) to turn to Jesus.